02 November 2011

Audiobook Review: The Mysterious Howling

2¢ Worth: The Mysterious Howling was my first audiobook and I am glad to say, I am sold. The story is about a nineteenth century brand new graduate of governess school, who unwittingly becomes the governess to three sweet but wild children. The story of how she prepares her charges for presentation to polite society is both endearing and often comical. I loved hearing the Incorrigibles evolve. But the part I enjoyed the most is the mystery. Someone is trying to sabotage the kids and the story ends with a mystery, some strange noises, and the promise of more secrets to come. Be prepared to have this book leave you pondering theories.

Words aloud: As I stated before, I am new to audios. But the one thing I have learned already, is that an audiobook is only as good it's narrator. Katherine Kellgren did an amazing job convincing me she is in fact the voice of the prim, proper, and plucky British governess Penelope Lumley. She was also great with the various voices of the supporting characters. Honestly, I rather miss her reading to me and can't wait to find more books narrated by her.

Wooed: Penelope is one funny lass. Her thoughts and imagination had me smiling almost the entire time.

Whippersnappers: Clean but be forewarned, the social issue of hunting is addressed and it is obvious that the writer is not a fan.

Word to the wise: While this story is written for children, Penelope's reflections will definitely appeal to adults.

Wind-up: The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book #1) was written by Maryrose Wood. The audiobook is read by Katherine Kellgren and consists of 5 discs (5 hours and 27 mins). Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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58 comments :

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! We love audiobooks - they're perfect for even the non-readers in our house.

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  2. I have to admit, you are really tempting me to try audiobooks, Juju! :-)

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  3. So glad that you enjoyed your first audiobook! It is so true that the narrator can "make or break" it!

    I'm actually listening to The Hunger Games now (I wanted to read it before the movie came out) and I confess that I'mm not too keen on the narration...which appears to be making a book I'd not ordinarily love even worse.

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  4. Melissa: Thanks :)

    Yah it's all about the narrator and weather or not you click with the narrator (so to speak). If the audio doesn't work for you, make sure you should totalllly read it. Hunger Games is amazing.

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  5. This story sounds interesting! Though I'm not one for audio books, maybe though, just maybe I'll try one out...

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  6. I'm glad you're enjoying your trek into the audiobook world. This sounds like another winner! Thanks for the warning and the recommendation - I think I would enjoy the mystery, too.

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  7. This sounds like something I would just love. I just put it on hold at our library :)

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  8. Welcome to the wonderful world of audio books! Love them. And yes they are only as good as the reader. It's taken me awhile to be ok with female readers (isn't that sad of me!), but the one I'm listening to now is doing a great job!

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  9. Gabrielle: :)

    JessicaBookLover: Thanks :) I really am.

    Jillian: Wahoo! *high five*

    Jill: Thank you :) OMG I've had some issues with female readers so far too. Not Katherine though. She's great. Which one are you listening to right now?

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  10. I had this book in my Fall Readathon stack, but didn't get to it on the day of. Unfortunately I wasn't able to renew it from the library and had to return it unread yesterday - something that always makes me sad. Hopefully I can take it out for another Readathon, because it sound really good!

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  11. I listened to my first audio book this year too. It was Need by Carrie Jones. I loved it but i totally agree that the narrator either makes it or breaks it. Need was narrated so well she did all the voices, i listened to Torment by Lauren Kate next ( already read it) i stoped listening to it. The narrator had a raspy voice and didnt change for characters.

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  12. I remember really enjoying this one too! Penelope's (and the author's) sense of humour is wonderful. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that it ended all of a sudden with nothing resolved, since it's the first in a series. I must pick up the 2nd at some point!

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  13. I LOVE audiobooks, since you're expecting, it would be a good idea to get used to them, because you reading time is going to get greatly infringed upon. I listen to my audio books while doing chores, cooking dinner, folding laundry - well you get the idea.

    As for this story, I've seen it at the library and its sparked my interest. Never really followed through and check it out. You've encourged me to do it though - sounds like I'd enjoy the story.

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  14. Alita: I hope you get to check it out soon :)

    Mrs. Laura K: Yah I feel ya. It's all about connecting with the voice. So far I'm more picky with female voices than male.

    Danya: It is isn't it? She made me smile allot. :) And I feel ya about the ending. It left me wanting more, that's for sure :)

    Gina Precious: Yup that's the reason I started them actually :) (http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2011/10/news-flash-coming-down-pipe.html) And I'm with you. I love listening to them while cleaning and especially folding laundry. I hope you decide to check this one out :) Thanks for your words of encouragement.

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  15. This sounds great! I've had my eye on this series, but I never considered listening to it instead of reading it. You're right, finding the right narrator makes all the difference. I like someone who not only reads well, but reads in character, and it sounds like the reader here accomplishes that. Thanks!

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  16. I've thought of this one a lot of times, but I've never actually considered it. You are very close to selling me on an audiobook, my dear Juju! :)

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  17. Glad you enjoyed it! I'm coming around to audiobooks myself! :D

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  18. Completely agree that the audiobook is only as good as the narrator. Sometimes I'll listen to an audiobook where the narrator has problems voicing opposite sex characters and it comes off sounding really awkward. Others truly excel at it.

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  19. Oooh, I've never listened to an audiobook, but it sounds like it would be such a fun experience! I'll have to try that sometime. And this book sounds like a great read!

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  20. Small Review: I know exactly what you mean :) Excellent point! She definitely accomplishes that :)

    Melissa: Whoot! ;)

    Lily: *high five*

    Aylee: Very true. Great point!

    Meredith: Oh yes do! :)

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  21. this sounds really good and i'm totally drawn in by the cover. i'm glad you liked your first audiobook! i have never done an audiobook either, although i've heard snippets of other people's lol!

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  22. You've definitely made me want to listen to this one! I'll have to see if my library has this!

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  23. I just finished another book by this author called The Poison Diaries, which was so good....you can for sure tell the author has a strong lean towards save the environment, eating animals is bad kind of thing....I may have to give this one a try..!!

    My favorite audio this year has been Die For Me by Amy Plum...:D

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  24. I have a hard time with audiobooks, but this one sounds really good. Great review!

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  25. I like the sound of this one! I should get it. :)

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  26. Carrie: Right on :) I hope you decide to try one

    LittleMiss: Yay!

    Tina: Noted :) Oh so Die for Me is good? Good to know :) Thanks for the tip!

    Mrs. Q: It was :) Thanks!

    Nina: :)

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  27. I have yet to listen to an audio book although I have this one on my Kindle...

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  28. Patty: I hope I tempt you to the audio side ;)

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  29. I have had a rough start with audio books but now I'm really enjoying them. Great review and I'm glad you found a great narrator from the start!

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  30. Cari: I was lucky huh? :) So do you have a favorite narrator?

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  31. What a fun story. Plus the cover is super cute. Glad this audio was a good one. Some can be so brutal.

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  32. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! This was a favorite of mine the first time through as well (printed version, not audio)...definitely have the second one in my TBR pile. Great review, Juju! ^_^

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  33. You've gotten me really excited about audios! I think I may have to look at the audio section at my library next time! :)

    It's sad that I just KNOW this is a book I'll love, and it's still sitting on my shelf un-read.

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  34. I listened to an audio book once and didn't care for it. The narrator had the same voice for all the characters and it bordered on boredom. But I'm glad to hear this one is good! I like the she uses different voices. Hmmm...I might try this on audio. It would be fun to listen to while driving to work.

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  35. Bluerose: Yay! *high five* And I know what you mean. That's totally happened to me before.

    Julie: *fingers crossed* I hope you love it! I loooove listening to audios while I drive now.

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  36. Another book added to the list, and this one has a character with my name! Love that. :)

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  37. Penelope: She's a great Penelope. I think you'll love her ;) Then again, aren't all Penelopes awesome? ;)

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  38. "an audiobook is only as good it's narrator."

    Too true, Ms. Whimsy. Being from TX, I find that I much more enjoy audiobooks which highlight accents over those that don't. I even like hearing the smile in the narrator's voice.

    Glad your first experience with an audio was a pleasant and agreeable one.

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  39. Missie: Oooo good thought. I hadn't considered that. :)

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  40. I loved this book! I read it out loud to two of my girls, and it was perfect for a read-aloud, so I'm sure the audio was great. I love audio books and couldn't live without them!

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  41. Shelley: It makes a great readalong? Awesome. Good to know :) *high five* Another audio girl? Welcome welcome!

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  42. I think I would like this one.

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  43. This sounds awesome, actually. Totally like my kinda story - I probably won't audiobook it, though. I've never actually listened to an audiobook.
    I love the title- the Mysterious Howling!

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  44. Kaye: Definitely :)

    Briz: It is :) Oooo you should so try this one in audio. Thanks for stopping by! Missed you.

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  45. i haven't done an audio yet, myself. i always freak a little when i see how long they go for :) my kids go crazy for audio books though, they love them.

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  46. Nomes: I feel ya. That's why I love the Middle Grade ones, they are definitely considerably shorter.

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  47. You're totally right that an audiobook is only as good as the narrator. I had a few disappointing ones, so audiobooks are hit or miss for me.

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  48. I really enjoy a great audiobook - especially if the narrator is a good one! If its a lousy narrator, well, then I hate to say it, but I probably won't finish the book....so glad you found this one and enjoyed it. Sounds quite interesting. And I love audible!

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  49. I'm glad your first experience was a good one. I'll check my eLibrary for this one.

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  50. Sounds like a cliffhanger ending... should I wait for the next book before reading?

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  51. Aths: I feel ya. I always sample it first :)

    Stacy: :)

    Alexis: Oh good! :)

    Cherry: Not a cliffhanger but definitely leaves some things up in the air. I say go for it. Book 2 is available but not in audio yet.

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  52. I've had my eye on this one for quite some time. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I completely agree with your thoughts on narrators. A good narrator is so important when it comes to an audiobook.

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  53. Christie: Amen :) I hope you decide to try it

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  54. So glad to hear that your first audiobook experience was a good one! Recently listened to this one myself and it's a good one. I've listened to hundred of audiobooks and Katherine Kellgren is simply the best narrator for middle grade and young adult books. You should try L A Meyer's Bloody Jack series, Kellgren was superb on them.

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    1. She really is fantastic.

      Thanks for the recommendation. I've been considering them actually.

      Thanks for popping by! :)

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